The sonnet is a popular classical form that has compelled poets for centuries. Traditionally, the sonnet is a fourteen-line poem written in iambic pentameter, employing one of several rhyme schemes, and adhering to a tightly structured thematic organization.

The name is taken from the Italian sonetto, which means "a little sound or song."

The History of the Sonnet

The poet Linda Gregerson discusses the history of the sonnet form in this video.